The Complete Idiot's Guide to Plumbing

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Overview

Don't let those plumbing problems bankrupt you— learn to do it yourself! With The Complete Idiot's Guide to Plumbing, you'll learn about tools, safety, clearing clogs, repairing leaks, remodeling kitchens and bathrooms and outdoor plumbing. It even gives you advice when you should hire a pro!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028638935
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 6/20/2000
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Basics: Civilization Equals Clean Water 1
1 Open Tap, Get Water 3
Water, Water, Everywhere 4
Cycled and Recycled 4
Giving Water the Treatment 6
You and Your Water Company 6
The Inside Story 8
What Comes In Must Go Out 11
Every Drop Adds Up 13
2 Potable Water, Potent History 15
When in Rome 16
Bath Time 17
The Party's Over 17
Reliving History 18
Pay Attention to Your Infrastructure 19
Privies Are Not Always Private 20
Big Beginnings 20
Bringing Outhouses Indoors 21
Bathing Was a Lot of Work! 22
Does Plumbing Lead to Morality? 22
Self-Sufficiency Has Its Limits 23
The Sanitarians Arrive 24
Life Is Better Today 24
3 Codes, Inspections, and Safety 27
This Isn't Computer Code 28
One Code's History 30
Permits and Inspections 30
The Code Isn't Perfect 32
What an Inspector Expects 33
Inspectors Aren't Perfect, Either 33
Safety Counts 34
Don't Fool With Tools 35
How Shocking 35
Extension Cords 36
Going Up 36
These Aren't Dust Bunnies 37
The Evils of Lead 37
4 If Your Walls Could Talk 39
Inspection Essentials 40
Do-It-Yourself Inspections 41
Inspector Homes, At Your Service 41
Does Clear Mean Clean? 42
Get the Lead Out! 43
Oh, the Pressure 43
Types of Pipes 44
Look for Leaks 45
The Fixtures 46
Septic Inspections 48
Hot Water Radiator Systems 48
The Big Picture 48
5 Your Wish List 51
The Biggest Wish of All 52
Bathroom Fantasies 54
Kitchens Need Water, Too 61
Watering Holes 62
Where Will You Pipe Today? 64
6 Do-It-Yourself or Hire It Out? 67
Call Me Plumber 68
Call Me a Plumber, Quick! 72
It Costs How Much? 74
Dealing With Plumbers 74
Contracting for a Contractor 75
Three-in-One 75
Plans and Specifications--Always! 77
About Those Contracts 78
Clean-Up and Wall Repair 79
Part 2 Tools, Techniques, and Fixtures 81
7 Tools and Spare Parts 83
Tool Basics 84
Hand Tools 85
Tools You've Never Seen Before 87
A World of Wrenches 88
Cutters and Hackers 89
Power Tools 91
Care and Feeding of Power Tools 93
Rent or Buy? 93
UL-Approved Parts for You 94
Tools You'll Probably Never Use 94
Spare Parts 95
8 Pipes: Joining and Fitting 97
What's Your Type? 97
Working with Plastic Pipe 98
Plastic and Metal Do Mix 101
More Plastic: DWV System 102
Why Plumbers Like Copper 104
Time to Torch 106
Galvanized and Iron Pipe 108
9 Choosing Your Fixtures and Faucets 111
Basically, Fixtures Hold Water 112
It Can Get Ridiculous 112
Bathroom Lavatories 112
Toilet Choices 114
Blast from the Past 114
From Tough to Indestructible 115
Kitchen Fixtures 118
Cleaning Your Fixtures 118
Faucet Facts 120
Part 3 Fundamental Fixes 123
10 Clearing the Clogs 125
Clogs Are Never Timely 126
How Does Your Kitchen Sink Drain? 126
Getting Serious with an Auger 127
Trapped in a Trap 129
Clearing a Lavatory Drain 129
Tub and Shower Drains 131
Clearing Out the Main Line 135
11 Say Hello to Your Toilet 139
Working Principles 140
The Inside Story 140
Flushing Action 142
Toilet Types 143
When Toilets Go Bad 144
Low-Flow Blues 155
Preventive Maintenance 156
Finding Those Pesky Leaks 157
Cleaning Clues 158
Septic Tanks 160
One Alternative 161
When Natural Drainage Won't Do 162
12 Easy Leak Repairs 163
Leaks, the Hidden Story 164
It All Adds Up 164
When Copper Isn't King 166
Pipe, Fitting, and Fixture Sealants 167
Very Quick, Very Temporary Fixes 168
The Art of Homemade Fixes 169
Hardware Helpers 170
Copper Capers 175
Plastic Patching 177
Small Leaks and Big Leaks 177
13 Start with a Faucet 181
A Faucet for Every Purpose 182
Leaking Handles 186
Washerless ... Sort Of 187
A Fitting Finish 190
Spray Attachments 191
Aerators 192
14 Tubs and Showers 195
Hide-and-Seek Shower Components 196
A Shower or a Dribble? 197
Tub Surround Integrity 203
Tile Replacement 204
No Tile Problems with Acrylic 204
Part 4 Bigger Fixes 207
15 Replacing Sinks and Faucets 209
First, a Look on Top 210
Looking Below 210
Copper and Plastic Pipe 212
Removing Your Old Sink 212
Removing the Kitchen Sink and Disposer 213
Removing Bathroom Lavatories 214
Sink and Faucet Selections 214
Installing Your New Sink 215
Installing Your New Faucet 216
Installing a Self-Rimming Kitchen Sink 218
The World Below 219
Installing Your New Disposer 221
Bathroom Lavatories 221
Installing a New Lavatory 222
Removing an Old Faucet 224
16 Installing a New Tub and Shower 227
Replace or Not Replace? 228
The Aftermath 230
Choosing a Tub 231
Installing Your New Tub 231
Showers 232
Beyond Tubs and Showers 235
17 Kitchen Concerns 239
Only the Kitchen Sink 240
Dump and Grind 241
Installing a New Disposer 245
Getting Dissed by Your Dishwasher 246
Getting into Hot Water 247
Installing a Hot Water Dispenser 247
Part 5 Major Upgrades and Remodeling 249
18 The Big Picture 251
Starting Small 252
When Electricity and Water Mix 253
Serious Remodeling 254
Plans? What Plans? 254
A Raft of Crafts 255
Generals and Subs 257
Floors and More 257
Walls and Finishes 259
Some Like It Hot 260
Putting It All Together 260
19 The Basics: All New Pipes 263
Before You Start, Ask Yourself This 264
The Code Comes to Dinner 264
Pipes and More Pipes 265
Planning the Layout 267
Installing Water Pipes 268
Getting Through the Framing 269
Just a Few Rules 270
New Sewer Lines 270
Going Underground 270
DWV System: VIP Pipes 272
Gas Pipe 273
20 Adding a Bathroom 275
Our National Motto: More Bathrooms 276
The Big Picture 276
Consider the Plumbing 277
What's All This Going to Cost? 278
Code Issues 278
Windows and Ventilation 279
Framing 280
Choosing Cabinetry 283
Tiling Thrills 283
Treat Your Feet to a Fine Floor 284
Fixtures and Faucets 284
Bathroom Odds and Ends 285
Simple Installation Rules 285
Basement Bathrooms 286
21 Kitchen Remodeling 289
An Overview 290
It's Getting Crowded in Here 290
Electrical Req-wire-ments 291
Lighting 292
Looking Ahead 292
A Computer in Every Room 293
Floors 293
Lots of Storage 294
Reuse, Refinish, Resurface 294
Kitchen Designers 295
Putting In the Plumbing 295
Thrown for a Loop 296
Speaking of Venting 296
Picking a Faucet 297
Dishwashers 297
Structural Changes 297
Refrigerators 298
22 Outdoor Plumbing 301
It Starts with a Hose 302
Ice in the Pipes 302
Installing a New Sillcock 303
Speaking of Freezing 304
Sprinkler Systems 306
Enough Water to Go Around 306
Planning Your System 306
The Components 307
Installing Your System 310
Time to Water 312
Part 6 Other Plumbing Concerns 315
23 Hot Water Heaters 317
How Water Heaters Work 318
Decisions, Decisions 319
Reading the EnergyGuide Label 321
Hot Water Problems 322
Alternatives to Tanks 326
Let the Sunshine In 329
24 Laundry Rooms 333
It Beats a Washboard 334
Out of the Dark Ages 334
A Short History Lesson 335
Before You Buy 336
Safety Counts 336
Laundry Hints 337
Location, Location, Location 338
Laundry Installation Rules 339
Electrical Requirements 341
A Word About Clothes Dryers 341
25 Heat and Plumbing Concerns 343
It's a Gas! 344
Gas Space Heaters 347
Hot Water and Steam Heat 348
Understanding Steam Heat 350
26 Wells Are Swell 355
Who Drinks Well Water Anyway? 356
Ground Water Groups 357
The First Time 357
Types of Wells 359
Contracts and Contractors 360
Abandoned and Forgotten 360
Well Maintenance and Safeguards 361
Giving Your Well the Treatment 367
Water Softeners 369
Appendixes
A Glossary 371
B Resources 375
Index 377
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